BURNLEY's Claret and Blue army of fans are being 'approached' to help the battle against prostate cancer.
Former chairman Barry Kilby is spearheading the new ‘My Club Lottery’ app which will enable fans to show their support to the Prostate Cancer Scanner appeal for Burnley General Hospital.
Clarets bosses have agreed to donate all proceeds from their lottery draw during tomorrow's home game against Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.
The ‘My Club Lottery’ app, available on Apple and Android devices, allows users to buy tickets for all upcoming half-time draws at Turf Moor.
The entire Clarets squad, including manager Sean Dyche, were first to buy their tickets for the re-branded club lottery this weekend, when every penny raised after the prize money goes to the town’s Scanner Appeal.
Dyche said: “It is a wonderful gesture by the club to donate the lottery proceeds to such a worthy cause and my staff and the squad are right behind it.
“Prostate cancer is something that will affect the lives of many, many men, and families, in Burnley and I would urge everyone to buy their ticket and help us raise as much money as possible this Saturday.”
The launch of the My Club Lottery App is the brainchild of Mr Kilby, who is a sufferer of prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.
Mr Kilby is also instrumental in the club’s support of Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle’s Prostate Scanner Appeal, which aims to raise £75,000 to replace the current machine that is nearing the end of its life and a second, satellite scanner for use in surgeries throughout the region.
Mr Kilby said: “It is extremely important to the Burnley area that we get this scanner.
“There are only three or four in the country and the one at Burnley is nearing the end of its life.
“A new machine would mean that the men can get diagnosed quickly, help stop this killer disease and save local men’s lives.”
Mr Birtwistle said: “I am extremely grateful to Burnley Football Club and Barry Kilby for donating all proceeds from their matchday lottery draw at this Saturday’s match to the prostate scanner appeal.
“The appeal is to replace the prostate scanner that I fundraised for a decade ago. The scanner has scanned thousands upon thousands of patients and has been invaluable to the hospital and the people of Burnley."